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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 05/09/19 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Canyon is on our bucket list and we don't mind dry camping at all. I understand the tours to see the incredible rock formations are outstanding and informative. From there we want to go Navajo National Monument to see more cliff dwellings and I understand the Visitors Center sells some mighty fine Navajo silver


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Posted: 05/09/19 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don't mind dry camping you might try Chaco Canyon in NM. We have visited most of the ancient sites and this is in our opinion the most impressive. Very rough slow drive in, from north or south route, never very crowded was a no reservations but plenty of room even for bigger rigs. A small store but only drinking water available Camp very close to the ruins. When the sun goes down the canyon becomes almost mystical. Unlike a lot of the others this one is largely untouched.


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I am the original poster. Thank you all for your suggestions. We didn’t make it there on our planned date due to bad weather, but hope to still work it into our trip. If so, we will try to stay in the campground there. I appreciate all your help and suggestions. We love the Southwest.

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rbtglove wrote:

If you don't mind dry camping you might try Chaco Canyon in NM. We have visited most of the ancient sites and this is in our opinion the most impressive. Very rough slow drive in, from north or south route, never very crowded was a no reservations but plenty of room even for bigger rigs. A small store but only drinking water available Camp very close to the ruins. When the sun goes down the canyon becomes almost mystical. Unlike a lot of the others this one is largely untouched.


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Posted: 05/10/19 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

About 10 years ago when we visited Canyon de Chelly, we opted to leave the RV at another RV Park (I don't remember where??) and stayed in the local motel. Worked great for us. And we have used that plan for other site visits that fit that situation--no available nearby RV Parks and we could visit with an overnight in a local motel. Hope you get to visit!

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Posted: 05/10/19 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is some of which you will miss if you skip Canyon de Chelly, including a photos of site 55 in Cottonwood. While I didn't take the jeep tour (and wish I had), it is a beautiful canyon.


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Posted: 05/10/19 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One other tip for Southwest trips: Download some Tony Hillerman audiobooks for the drive. It's fun to listen to a whodunnit and recognize the names of all the locations as you drive through them.


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Posted: 05/10/19 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another author that mentions many southwest locations is J. A. Jance...

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